Partners for public enforcement.
We serve state attorneys general, government agencies, and cities and municipalities in their efforts to protect consumers, patients, workers, and public funds from false claims and deceptive practices.
We offer a litigation, investigation and counseling practice dedicated to meeting the needs of state and local governments. Given limited government budgets and a growing list of harms to the public, we provide assistance to public clients in select cases where the government entity is undertaking large-scale matters requiring specialized expertise and additional resources. We help government enforcement agencies level the playing field against powerful corporate actors with expansive legal and lobbying budgets. We support state attorneys general and local government agencies in their mission to protect consumers, patients, workers and public funds from false claims and other deceptive practices.
We have assisted public clients in litigating landmark consumer fraud cases against many of the largest financial services, health care and other companies in the United States. While many of our representations are confidential investigations, some cases are matters of public record. We have represented multiple public clients in civil law enforcement investigations aimed at the fraudulent lending practices that led to the financial crisis in 2008. We were counsel to the state of Nevada in a consumer fraud lawsuit against Bank of America over the servicing of approximately one-half million mortgages, securing financial payments, commitments to mortgage modifications and other relief valued at nearly $1 billion. We served as counsel to a co-lead state in the landmark consumer fraud lawsuit against Standard & Poor’s over the misrepresentation of its business model responsible for rating mortgage-backed securities, which resulted in a $1.375 billion global settlement for 19 states, the District of Columbia and the United States Department of Justice. Most recently, we represented the co-lead state and another state in the $864 million settlement achieved by 22 states and the U.S. Department of Justice with Moody’s Corporation, Moody’s Investor Services, Inc. and Moody’s Analytics, Inc. The Moody’s and S&P cases produced key industry reforms that guarantee greater transparency for consumers and divested the credit rating agencies of more than $2.2 billion for their conduct contributing to the national housing crisis and Great Recession.
The People of the State of California v. Grubhub Inc., et al. (Calif. Sup. Crt., Los Angeles Cnty.): Los Angeles County, on behalf of the People of the State of California, has sued Grubhub for false advertising and violations of the California Unfair Competition Law. County Counsel’s Affirmative Litigation and Consumer Protection Division has retained Cohen Milstein to assist on the case.
PBM State Investigations: Cohen Milstein serves as Special Counsel to state Attorneys General throughout the United States in their investigation into the billing practices and fee structures of managed care organizations (MCOs) and PBMs in their delivery of services to state-funded health plans. To date, Cohen Milstein’s work with Attorneys General has resulted in more than $950 million in recoveries on behalf of state Medicaid programs.
District of Columbia v. RealPage, Inc. et al. (D.C. Sup. Crt.): Cohen Milstein supports the District of Columbia Attorney General’s office in a parens patriae antitrust lawsuit against RealPage, Inc. and fourteen of the largest landlords in the District for allegedly colluding to artificially inflate rents throughout the District in violation of the D.C. Antitrust Act.